An extensive set of curricular offerings is provided through the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs that includes courses in Administration of Justice (AJ), Political Science (POLS), Public Affairs (PA), and Military Science (MSCI), as well as three undergraduate degrees and five graduate degrees. At the undergraduate level, the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Public Affairs, the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Administration of Justice, and the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Political Science are offered. At the graduate level, the Master of Public Administration, Master of Administration of Justice, Doctor of Philosophy in Administration of Justice, Master of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy and Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Planning and Environmental Policy are offered.

In addition to course and degree offerings, students with majors in other departments may declare minors in the four disciplines offered through this unit; Administration of Justice, Political Science, Public Affairs, and Military Science. The Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs has a reputation as a comprehensive center for sound academic research. Scholars focus on a broad range of topics, including voting behavior, American foreign policy and international relations, political communication, criminal justice attitudes and behavior, police violence, environmental justice, race and crime, race and governance, policy studies, leadership, E-government, homeland security, urban transportation, housing and community development, Diaspora studies, environmental planning, economic development and the fiscal responsibility of urban governments. The Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs has established strategic partnerships with numerous public and private sector entities. These partnerships offer our students unique opportunities to gain hands-on skills and establish contacts and references for the future.


Graduate Degrees
Undergraduate Degrees

Administration of Justice

The mission of the Department of Administration of Justice undergraduate program is to educate students for careers and community service within a diverse urban environment through the development of specialized knowledge and skills needed for effective public service.



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Political Science

The mission of the Department of Political Science is to develop general competencies in students that will allow them to continue their education in either graduate or professional schools upon completion of their undergraduate studies.



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Urban Planning and Environmental Policy

The mission of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy department is to train policy-oriented planners and environmental policy analysts for leadership positions in planning and environmental policy-related organizations, with special emphasis on issues of significance .



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